Jaime Buckley


Born May 27th, 1969 in Oakland California, Jaime Buckley has always aspired to be something more. Now at 364lbs he’s beginning to rethink his aspirations. Rumors say he’s a loving husband and father of 12 amazing kids…but you know how rumors get started. He dreams of a career as a Pepsi connoisseur. Heck, he’d even settle for being a cheese maker, sausage taster or anything else that might prevent global warming by eating animals. Hey, we all have to do our part.

Instead Jaime labors from dawn until dusk building worlds, crafting magic, translating ancient alien text, training heroes, fighting monsters and trying to figure out Twitter. Though there are some days when he feels like giving it all up to become a handsome billionaire, he stays the course, entertaining children around the world.

That’s what matters most to Jaime Buckley: the youth.

With a long history of odd jobs, from theatre usher to bodyguard, substitute teacher to a six-figure financial rep, nothing hits home stronger than being a storyteller. His own rough youth experiences gave Jaime an eye for troubled souls, who always find a compassionate heart and unyielding perspective in the Indie author. A self-taught cartoonist, publisher and web designer, this 45 year old grandfather sought a way to uplift and encourage youth through comic books in 2004. With a handful of library books, Jaime created his first website and sold his .PDF creations for $0.97 each.

In 2009 the Buckley’s found themselves homeless. The housing bubble had burst and it was near impossible to find sufficient work to support such a large family. During this great struggle Jaime was encouraged to convert his comics into novels. He spent nearly a year with his nose pressed into the corner of a four room basement apartment, relying on earplugs and calendar pictures to battle both sanity and depression. A flash flood soon followed, destroying most the family’s possessions and leaving their tiny dwelling deep in sewer water.

Seeing the Buckley’s plight, Jaime’s employers contributed portions of their own paychecks to place the family in better living conditions. Nearly a year later and months after publishing his first book, the company went under and the Buckley’s found themselves homeless once more.

In the midst of their deepest trials, Jaime was approached by his wife and children. Seeing the positive influence his stories continued to have on others, the family made a plan. Work. Focus. Endure. Create.

“If we’re going to struggle and suffer,” stated his wife Kathilynn, “then we want to struggle for something we all believe in.”

Today the family resides in Santaquin, Utah, where Jaime and his oldest children all work together to support the family. He rises at 3am each morning to write and bring their united dream to fruition, while still working every job he can find. When he’s not working multiple jobs Jaime also designs games and teaches worldbuilding through his daily blog. He’s too fat to learn ballet and the only instrument he plays is the radio, but he is taking classes to learn the kazoo. He still sucks at it, but he’s hopeful.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I think I have one of the few jobs that becomes SO addicting that I have a hard time sleeping. Truth is, I can't wait for Monday's to roll around and I can plop back into my chair and work out the next project. My mind and heart are always fixated on how I want to make the readers feel.

It's a passion with inspiring, uplifting, encouraging and unveiling the potential in each of us that gets me up and going as soon as my eyes open. Wanting to create something SO good and SO compelling that the reader will want to seek me out and have a conversation or ask questions. It's even better when I get begged for more! Nothing beats that.

What inspires me to get out of bed each day? The possibilities of what can happen if I give my all to Wanted Hero.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Unlike most authors, I'm a father of 12 children., Yeah, i said TWELVE...so I always have something to do. Youth and family are my life, so I spend time engaging in their lives--playing games, working on community projects and our all time favorite: snuggling up together with HUGE bowls of popcorn and watching Doctor Who.

If I'm not with family, I love doing community service, I volunteer to help people with various projects, donating my talents and skills and let's not forget reading. You can't write unless you read too--so that's part of my daily TO DO List. The key here is shifting the mental muscles. If I'm not writing, I'm researching, planning, plotting, organizing or having conversations with people to gather ideas...

Thing is, I'm a creator by nature--so I'm rarely idle unless I'm literally unconscious. Naps are good though.

I like naps.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jaime Buckley online

Where to buy in print


Just For TEENS: Abuse, Violence, Depression, Drugs, Death & How To Understand Your Parents
Price: Free! Words: 10,850. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Life stages / adolescence
Meet Jaime Buckley. Husband, father of 12 and grandfather…cartoonist, fantasy writer, game maker and champion of youth. He IS a kid in all but age…and now he wants to share why his life’s mission is to help you to a better place.
MADE FROM SCRATCH: The Ultimate Guide To Self-Publishing
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 25,970. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Develop the skills and perspectives to take full control over your own publishing project and leave the doubt behind. MADE FROM SCRATCH will change the way you view publishing. It gives you the tools to make a seemingly impossible goal…a complete success.
An Unsolvable Problem
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,990. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Jaime Buckley, author of "Chronicles of a Hero", brings the Wanted Hero world to life once more. If you've ever wondered about the origin of Dax...you won't want to miss this story.
Cross Point (What if...you were the Hero? #1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,490. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Step into the world of Wanted Hero, nearly a thousand years before the Chronicles of a Hero began...at a time when Mahan is at war with the world. But beware - each and every choice you make will affect the future.
The Truth About Lies (Chronicles of a Hero 3)
Series: Chronicles of a Hero. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 146,910. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Clockworks City is thrown into chaos as citizens panic and both Wendell and Dax are captured by the Centurions and labeled invaders. What's worse, Dax is soon scheduled for execution. Wendell now has days to free himself, convert the city and save his friends… His choices will ultimately bring the gnome population into the light…or plunge their fair city into the darkness.
Trench Wars (Chronicles of a Hero 2)
Series: Chronicles of a Hero. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 144,070. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Morphiophelius refuses to give up on Wendell--even if he has to use forbidden magic. Now Dax, Alhannah and Lili must accompany Chuck into Clockworks City, home of 1.5 billion gnomes. But getting in is the easy part. They must save Wendell's life, survive rebel alliances, government manipulation and find the last Demoni Vankil seal…while winning the greatest competition on the planet.
Race to Til-Thorin (Chronicles of a Hero 1)
Series: Chronicles of a Hero. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 153,140. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
With the help of Chuck, Dax and a spitfire gnome named Alhannah, Wendell P. Dipmier is thrust into circumstances he never could have imagined. Accepting the mantle of the Hero will force him to find the courage and rise to the challenges before him…or destroy those around him. Wendell's old life is about to end…in more ways than one.
Advanced Worldbuilding: A unique guide & journal for every writer
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,850. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Advanced Worldbuilding is a unique guide that takes you by the hand and helps you understand the ‘why’ of worldbuilding. Written in the form of a conversation with a friend, taking you, step by step, through the process of creation with a focus on the end goal: To tell a great story. Advanced Worldbuilding is a fantastic tool for any writer, regardless of skill level
WORLDBUILDING Basics: Jumpstarting your creation process
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,670. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Have you ever wondered if there was a better, faster, less painful way to attack your worldbuilding process and move on to your next book or game? GOOD NEWS! Jaime Buckley feels your pain. Author, game creator, cartoonist and father of 12, he’s decided to share some of his methods with you. Tools, tips, resources, languages, races, maps, timelines and more…
The Good Parent: Essentials Principles for Raising Your Kids
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,930. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development
We want the best for our children as well, but do we DO what is best for them? Are we parents of Principle or Emotion? Are the patterns we set today, going to empower our children in the future? More importantly, will we like what they become…or choke them along the way? Author Jaime Buckley and father of 12, asked those very questions and gives you the answers…
Prelude to a Hero (Chronicles of a Hero 0.5)
Series: Chronicles of a Hero. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,570. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2011 by On The Fly Publications. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Wendell is a young man who learns what his potential is while on a strange, enchanted world with a funny old wizard and ugly troll to mentor and guide him. Prelude to a Hero, the debut book about how Wendell came to be the one expected to save an entire world. . . by accident.

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